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Health & Fitness Dr Alex George opens up on 'emotional toll' of working on 'relentless' COVID frontline

16:36  26 january  2021
16:36  26 january  2021 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Dr Alex George has reflected on the emotional impact the coronavirus is having on hospital staff caring for COVID patients.

a close up of a man smiling for the camera: Dr. Alex George has been working in A&E during the coronavirus pandemic. (Doug Peters/EMPICS/PA) Dr. Alex George has been working in A&E during the coronavirus pandemic. (Doug Peters/EMPICS/PA)

The Love Island star has been working in the A&E department of University Hospital Lewisham since the beginning of the pandemic, currently working two to three 10 hour shifts.

George told Grazia: "The daily deaths are very scary. [There’s] a huge number of patients coming to the A&E department, it just puts so much pressure on us.

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"It’s really hard as well, because obviously staff are feeling fatigue. Doctors and nurses are off sick, either with Covid, or long Covid, or with burnout - so it’s been pretty tough."

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It comes as England is currently in its third national lockdown with the death toll approaching 100,000 this week.

George added that during the first peak of the pandemic there was a "lot of adrenalin" as well as public support, but it's now harder as staff have "been so tired for such a long time".


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"We're fed up, just like the public is. We just want the back of it. And it’s relentless - I think what's difficult is the emotional toll of it, each patient who is sick requires a really high level of care," he went on.

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He did state the vaccine is the "light at the end of the tunnel" and that the rollout should be ramped up to be given out 24/7.

As well as the toll of working during the pandemic, George also experienced a devastating personal loss last year as his 19-year-old brother Llŷr took his own life after suffering with mental health problems.

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George said earlier this month that he wants to meet with Boris Johnson to discuss changing mental health education in schools.

He later gave an update stating he was “awaiting a call” from the Prime Minister.

For confidential emotional support at times of distress, contact The Samaritans at any time by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.org.

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Dr Alex George shares an insight into working on the NHS frontline .
The Love Island star, who has been working at University Hospital Lewisham since the start of the pandemic, filmed a vlog for his YouTube channel on Sunday.The Love Island star, who has been working at University Hospital Lewisham since the start of the pandemic, filmed a vlog for his YouTube channel on Sunday in which he interviewed fellow doctors about the current issues facing the health service.

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